Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin

…he enemy. In 1942, the tide on the Eastern Front turned with the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Red Army eventually drove the invading Germans from Russia. In 1945, Stalin’s health deteriorated and heart problems forced a two-month vacation. He grew increasingly concerned about possible attempts to oust him from power. Senior political and military figures were monitored by secret police and many (including Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov and N…



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Mao and Stalin

Mao and Stalin

…mes in 1995, Moscow December 1949: The first meeting between Mao Tse-tung and Joseph Stalin took place only months after Mao’s revolutionary army had taken control of China. Mao asked Stalin to send “volunteer” pilots or secret military detachments to speed up the conquest of Formosa (Taiwan). Stalin only agreed to consider it. Wikipedia Moscow February 1950 – Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung signed a mutual defense treaty which opened what the Unit…



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Eve of Korean War

Eve of Korean War

…his own. Photo by Richard Jones Contrary to traditional views that charged Stalin with initiating plans for North Korea’s southern attack, the documents portray Kim Il Sung as eager to initiate war with South Korea and Stalin as reluctant to give Kim the green light to attack. The war’s origins are thus rooted in Korean nationalist sentiment rather than as part of a Soviet-led global communist revolution. Britannica The documents also suggest that…



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China Enters the Korean War

China Enters the Korean War

…n to the North-South divide prior to initiating war. However in late 1949, Stalin apparently approved Kim Il-sung’s plan to attack South Korea, but cautioned that the USSR would not participate beyond supplying North Korea with weapons. Stalin urged the North Korean leader to approach Mao Zedong for any further assistance he needed.  https://youtu.be/gFLz2juVbY8 After the prolonged Sino-Japanese and Chinese Civil wars, Mao Zedong may not have been…



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